When you reference or quote a user manual in the text of your paper include an in text citation to show where the information comes from the in text citation will include the author name of a source in this case the company name the year of publication and the page number if applicable. Material type in text example reference list example print manual user instructions are outlined in 6 pp 25 33 6 the makerbot replicator desktop 3d printer fifth generation model user manual makerbot industries brooklyn ny 2014 note refer to place of publication for information on the correct forms of countries cities and us states. How to cite a user manual in a paper by jon zamboni if you are conducting research on a product or service you may reference a user manual or instructional guide in your paper. Basically you can cite this users manual just as you would any book like publication the only difference is that you dont cite the name of an author users manual for foo instrument model bar random city xyz corporation year or whatever is the appropriate reference style for your work. The sixth edition of the publication manual of the american psychological association offers guidelines for citing lab manuals in text citation when you include information from a lab manual in text put a citation inside parentheses
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